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Empire in the AirAirline Travel and the African Diaspora$
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Chandra D. Bhimull

Print publication date: 2017

Print ISBN-13: 9781479843473

Published to NYU Press Scholarship Online: May 2018

DOI: 10.18574/nyu/9781479843473.001.0001

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(p.145) Conclusion
Empire in the Air

Chandra D. Bhimull

NYU Press

The conclusion reflects on the connection between airline travel and empire, race and racism, and the politics of knowledge. It takes stock of how racial segregation and the ordinary sky came together in the making of the commercial aviation industry. More specifically, it looks at the complex relationship between air route formation, imperial projects, and racial hierarchies. It hones in on the systematic exclusion of the colonial Caribbean from the development of global air networks and the narration of early airline history. It ends by considering how fragments, love, imagination, and affect, as well as a willingness to embrace uncertainty, provide for a more nuanced understanding of the dimensions of power that inform everyday airline travel.

Keywords:   affect, fragments, networks, racial hierarchies, segregation, uncertainty

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